Special Guests Fill in Players
Artimus Pyle - Drums
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Drummer Of Lynyrd Skynyrd
The impact of Lynyrd Skynyrd on American rock and roll began
with the harmonious blend of guitar driven rock with southern blues
roots and can be heard today in the new rock music of the 21st Century.
Artimus Pyle’s powerful and distinctive double bass drumming helped
define the legendary Skynyrd sound. Artimus’ live debut with the band
took place in Jacksonville’s Sgt Pepper’s Club in October 1974. The
years Artimus played with Skynyrd were the years that solidified the
legend behind the band with classic rock songs such as “Saturday Night
Special”; “Gimme Back My Bullets”; “That Smell”; “I Know A Little” and
“Freebird”. The band quickly developed into one of the nation’s top
touring draws with a grueling schedule of 300 shows a year. During the
next few years Lynyrd Skynyrd’s songs became radio staples. Their album,
‘Street Survivors’, had just been released to critical and popular
acclaim. The ambitious new tour, just days underway, saw sellout crowds.
On October 20, 1977, as the sun was setting in Mississippi, the
chartered plane ran out of fuel and fell from the sky.
Leslie Hawkins-Johns & The Late Great Jojo Billingsley-White
Larry Topaz - Bass
Formally of Fat Daddy, for the better part of 20 years
Larry's played all over the tri state area. He loves playing his bass as
much as he loves riding his Harley, he's a dedicated hard working bass
player who's biggest influences in the' 70's were Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman
Brothers and Yes. Now his biggest influences are his daughters Sarah
and Monique and his wife Charlotte "We love our families we love our
kids, you know its love that makes us all so rich".